The 2020 NBA season has officially come to an end, which means we can finally begin to enjoy our
summer fall winter.
As the Los Angeles Lakers continue to celebrate their 17th NBA championship, all of the league’s attention now (quickly) pivots to the NBA’s pre-draft process, which according to Shams Charania may look a little more “normal” than we once thought:
The NBA is allowing teams to begin conducting in-person meetings (medical evaluation, workout) with 2020 Draft prospects from Oct. 16-Nov. 16, sources tell @TheAthleticNBA @Stadium. Teams receiving up to two visits per player; no more than 10 total among prospects.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2020
Shams did provide a little more clarity about the updated protocols for in-person interviews and workouts, specifically detailing the COVID-19 testing processes that teams must adhere to:
Within 72 hours of prospect visits, all individuals must register negative coronavirus test. Three NBA team executives allowed per visit with 2020 prospects; the prospect is allowed to bring three individuals (family member, agent, etc). https://t.co/Q7pQzzOE3n— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) October 12, 2020
Just a few short months ago, it seemed like the entire draft process would have to be performed virtually (via Zoom, FaceTime, etc.), but this latest news is a pretty significant shift to a more “normal” process that teams have used in the past. While the overall talent of this incoming draft class still remains a mystery to most, the ability to have the players into a team’s facility, interview them face-to-face (separated by thick plexiglass of course), and actually WORK THEM OUT is a significant coup for teams with high lottery selections, most notably Minnesota.
With the draft officially scheduled for a month from this Sunday (November 18), I would imagine teams will now be in a full-court press to secure player visits, lock down workouts, and perform their overall due diligence to gather as much intel as they can about one of the more stranger draft classes in recent history.
As the tweet below states, today (October 13) is officially the last day to pre-register to vote in the great state of Minnesota (although you can still technically register on Election Day as well).
With that said, just a timely reminder that if you are unsure whether or not you are registered to vote, the tweet above includes information and a direct link to confirm your overall voting status.
Stay safe and have a great rest of your week!